The Luck of the Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses #3) by Janna MacGregor
Series: The Cavensham Heiresses #3
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: May 1st 2018
Point-of-View: Third Person
Genres: Historical Romance
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Family secrets, mistaken identities…love and money make people do crazy things in The Luck of the Bride, the third Cavensham Heiresses novel.
March Lawson has never had much luck, and in a desperate move to save her family, she's been posing as the Marquess of McCalpin. But when she's summoned to a meeting with the Marquess himself, March expects jail time…not to be bewitched by dark hair and sapphire eyes.
Michael Cavensham, the Marquess of McCalpin and heir to the Duke of Langham, finds himself drawn to March despite the judgments from his peers. He isn't sure he can trust March, especially since Michael has a secret that could ruin him and his family.
But society conspires to keep March and Michael apart, and when March is accused of not being who she says she is, will Michael toss her aside or fight for the woman he's come to love?
When is March Lawson is just a teenager both of her parents die. The estate is left in the hands of a guardian who basically ignores the family – March and her siblings (two sisters and a brother, Bennett, the heir who is only a baby when the parents died). The keeper of the girls’ dowries went to a friend of March’s father but when he died it passed to his nephew. March tries to take care of her family the best she can, but now it’s been eight years and with no funds, and everyone ignoring her pleas for help, she takes matters into her own hands. She works out a scheme to forge the Marquess of McCalpin’s signature and starts taking small amounts out of her own dowry. She is 25 and not married so that money should have come to her anyway. When she’s caught things don’t really go how she planned.
Michael Cavensham has a problem with numbers. I don’t think it could be classified as dyslexia as he apparently has not issue with the written word. It’s with numbers that things get jumbled up. His brother helps him out and being a Marquess he can delegate things. Unfortunately he didn’t catch on to March, his solicitors did so Michael asks to see March.
Despite March’s criminal acts the family is taken in by the Cavensham family and treated as family. They sponsor the girls in their seasons but March feels she’s too old to be out. Michael can’t stop thinking about March and wants to be with her but he’s afraid of what will happen when she finds out that he’s and idiot (those are his words, not mine).
This was a really cute book. It wasn’t action packed or too terribly angsty – although there was some strife towards the end of the book, of course – and I liked that. I was proud of March for doing such a good job of raising her siblings with little to no help from anyone. She did what she had to do in order to keep her family fed. I liked that once Michael found out about the true reason March was forging his signature that he took the family under his wing so that they would suffer no more.
I would have liked to have the truth about March’s age come out. They said she was 24 while she insisted that she was 25 but it was never resolved in the end. I guess as she got married it didn’t matter, right? Ugh. Lol
The siblings didn’t have too big of a role except for little Bennett. He was 9 in the book and was feeling his way in the world. March had done a fine job trying to get him ready for his role in life but having Michael’s father step in and mentor him was fun to see. Little Bennett was an absolute treat and I loved reading his parts in the book.
Overall I liked the book. I really didn’t like the issue at the end of the book between the H/h because I didn’t think it was truly realistic, but that’s me.
Rating: 4 out of 5